Gaiman is the perfect reader of his own stories, he presents his story with the nuance that only its author can deliver.
Coraline is one of Gaiman's most approachable stories, truly for children of all ages, meaning simply that it recalls in all of us the uncertainties and resultant horrors of living in this world as a child. Gaiman brings us all our fears remembered, and ultimately overcome. A classic modern tale.
....I was even a bit scared by it! What a great story...with an ending that didn't disappoint. I was expecting the ending to be a happy little fluffy ending but WAIT....there was more....how exciting and fabulous!!! Coraline was a wonderful and very smart heroine and the book had a lot of interesting and spooky and gooey and creepy twists and turns. It was so much fun to read that I decided to go out and check out the audio book at the library for my kids to listen to. How much fun was that to listen too???!!! Neil Gaiman narrates the book and he is wonderful.......just wait until you hear the rats sing.......creepy, creepy, creepy. My kids just ate it up.....they loved it and couldn't get enough of it!
A great listen for all from YA to adults. Neil Gaiman has written a good story and does a marvelous job of narrating it.
If you need a short escape then Coraline is a story that can help you accomplish that escape. I liked the story and the fact the the author read his own work.
The most memorial moment is when you think all is well and there is still danger for Coraline to face and overcome.
Coraline, Neal Gaiman is great at developing children into substantial characters.
I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting but even a short book like Coraline takes more time than I have to give all in one sitting.
Neal Gaiman has become one of my favorite authors for children's fiction/fantasy. Read or better yet listen to The Grave Yard Book for another sample.
My 8-year-old son and I loved this audiobook. We've seen the movie, he's read the graphic novel, and we agree that this was our favorite version. The author's narration is perfect, the music is suitably weird and creepy (particularly those singing rats). Probably a little too creepy for younger kids.
I really enjoyed this story, but the illustrations would have added a lot. At the time I selected this book, I didn't realize it was originally a graphic novel. Do not be fooled by the protagonist, though -- this story isn't appropriate for most children of Coraline's age. Like Alice in Wonderland, I believe it's intended for adults. Unlike Alice in Wonderland, it's a little scary. And makes the first time I ever got creeped out listening to an audiobook, on a crowded subway no less.
Gaiman does an excellent, impeccable job of the narration, which probably mostly makes up for missing out on the drawings. (Disclaimer: I haven't seen the graphic novel, so I can't say for certain.)
I love this story, and all of the characters in it. The book itself hooked me from the start and I read it more than once (it's a quick read). So I thought I would thoroughly enjoy listening to it, to hear the author's presentation of his quirky characters. The laid-back somewhat flat reading given by Gaiman probably worked for some, but for me, it flattened a 3-dimensional world into 2, taking some of the spark out of an otherwise great and unique story. I highly recommend the book, but the audiobook, only a 3 or very low 4. The movie was fun in 3D, too, and perfect in the hands of Nightmare Before Christmas' Tim Burton.
Much like Stardust this is a grown-up fable, and a well done one at that. Gaiman's narration was pleasant, if low key. Like other reviewers have noted, the songs are a little off, but not horrible. I get the feeling they were included to break up the book into managable sections. (Like if played for a kids or in a classroom.) It's well worth the download.
Oh, the book is much better than the movie. Not to trash the film, but there's more of the Neil Gaiman touch to it than there is portrayed in the movie.
The story is imaginative, insightful, and interesting. The author did a great job of putting the main character in a situation where she needed wit and ingenuity to overcome difficulty. The narrator (who also wrote the book) was convincing as the different characters, and gave each character a life of his/her own.
I definitely would recommend this book!